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Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 900+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • UoR Internship Scheme – funded internships for charities. Short deadline 25 June 2021
    17 June 2021

    University of Reading are pleased to announce that we have now secured additional funding for our Reading Internship Scheme and are able to fully fund an additional 15 internships for 4 weeks with local charities.  Employer on-costs remain the responsibility of the employers. The Reading Internship Scheme connects you with our undergraduates and recent graduates through ...

  • Targeted vaccine programme for unvaccinated adults in Reading surge test postcodes
    16 June 2021

    In response to an increase in Covid-19 infections and cases of the Delta variant in Reading, the Council and the NHS are boosting the local vaccination programme with a targeted vaccination clinic at the Reading Borough Council Civic Offices from Thursday 17 June to Sunday 27 June. People who have not received a vaccine are more likely ...

  • Government pauses at Step 3 of the Spring 2021 Roadmap – what your charity or community groups needs to know
    16 June 2021

    This week the government announced that they would be pausing at Step 3 of the Spring 2021 Roadmap to the lifting of the coronavirus restrictions due to the increase of the Delta variant. This means that Step 3 coronavirus restrictions remain in place. You can read more here: Covid-19 Coronavirus Restrictions, what you can and ...

  • Social Prescribing to improve access to healthcare for migrants
    16 June 2021

    Doctors of the World UK, a medical charity, has launched a new resource for Social Prescribing Link Workers and other frontline workers to support their migrant patients’ access to healthcare. The resource, commissioned and supported by the Mayor of London, outlines 9 practical steps and information to recognise and address healthcare barriers for migrants. Helen Murphy from ...

  • Food in vulnerable communities – the role of community groups during the Covid crisis
    16 June 2021

    The Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership (VCSEP) is a grouping of national and local organisations working together to help coordinate the response of the voluntary and community sector to the Covid crisis. (RVA is the Thames Valley liaison lead for the VCSEP – read more here). The VCSEP has commissioned research into the role of ...

  • RBC has launched two pots of funding to support community and voluntary groups – both close on 25 July 2021
    15 June 2021

    Small Grants Fund 2021/22 RBC’s £100k Small Grants Fund 2021/22 is available for voluntary and community groups to apply for funding for community-led activities that tackle poverty and support mental wellbeing. The Small Grants fund is aimed at activities that increase people’s skills, confidence, and independence; help build relationships and self-help. This could be through: Play, sport/ physical ...

  • Free ACAS webinar on small scale redundancies and RVA employment support for charities
    14 June 2021

    ACAS is hosting two free webinars for employers on good practice in relation to handling small scale redundancies, which may be a helpful tool for any charities that are currently considering a restructure. This webinar for employers covers the major elements of a redundancy process, the related laws and good practice. It includes: redundancy costs risks and potential ...

  • Small Charity Week – free webinars, training and learning
    14 June 2021

    It’s annual Small Charity Week (SCW) and an opportunity for small charities everywhere to celebrate their impact. SCW is an initiative that the Foundation for Social Improvement (the FSI) started over 12 years ago to put a spotlight on the amazing work of small charities. There are a number of free webinars and learning opportunities ...

  • Covid surge testing in Reading – translated letters to residents
    14 June 2021

    With Covid surge testing underway in RG1 3, RG1 5, RG1 6, RG1 7 until Sunday 20 June, RBC have provided translated letters to residents in: Arabic Bengali Gujarati Hindi Mandarin Nepali Polish Punjabi Romanian Turkish Urdu You can download the letters from the RBC website here (scroll to the bottom of the page).  

  • Sky And Ground: Online Screening + Q&A Panel
    11 June 2021

    This Refugee Week, join us online to watch the incredible Sky And Ground, followed by a Q&A Panel with Special Guests Sky and Ground tells the incredible story of one Syrian family risking everything to travel 3,000 miles in search of safety. The stunning documentary has been selected for numerous Film Festivals and nominated for multiple ...

  • Call Out for Odds On – a new online performance by Dante or Die
    10 June 2021

    Do you have experience of gambling harms or know someone who does? Get involved in the creation of a new online performance designed to spread awareness on gambling harm. Theatre Company Dante or Die is looking for community groups and individuals with experience of gambling harms in Salford, Reading and Medway to contribute to the creation of ...

  • Celebrating Windrush Day 2021 in Reading
    9 June 2021

    The Reading Windrush Steering Group is pleased to announce that it has been successful for a third year running in receiving a grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to deliver events and activities to celebrate Windrush Day on 22 June 2021. The Windrush Steering Group consists of representatives from the Alliance ...

  • Public Rights of Way consultation – open until 24 July 2021
    9 June 2021

    Reading Borough Council (RBC) are encouraging residents to have their say on how they currently use Reading’s Public Rights of Way Network, in a bid to provide a better experience for its users and encourage active travel. What is a Public Right of Way? Public Rights of Way are rights across land accessible by the public, which ...

  • A warm Reading welcome given to the riders of the Tour de Thanks
    9 June 2021

    A group of fantastic volunteers were on hand to welcome the riders of the Tour de Thanks as it rolled into Reading on Sunday 6 June, coinciding with this year’s Volunteers’ Week celebrations. The volunteers, part of the Reading Voluntary Action and Greater Reading Nepalese Community Association team supporting the Central and Whitely vaccination hub, received ...

  • Trustee Training with RVA via Zoom
    9 June 2021

    Following our well attended session in March, we’re holding another online Trustee Training session. These sessions have been adapted to take place via Zoom but you will still have the opportunity to interact with fellow trustees in the sector. Why attend trustee training? Trustees play an essential role in our society, making our charity sector work. It’s ...

  • Reading Town Meal
    8 June 2021

    The biggest ‘picnic in the park’ returns to Reading (Covid permitting) It brings together food, music, community stalls, workshops and local producers. It’s a fantastic celebration of local food sustainability. You can be part of this by volunteering or growing produce (see details on our website) Or just come along to enjoy food prepared and served by ...

  • Volunteering and civic/citizenship training
    8 June 2021

    A training event on volunteering and civic/citizenship hosted by ‘We Men’, a men’s group supported by ACRE The session focuses on the importance of volunteering and the skills involved. It will also involve the importance of citizens contributing back into the communities and knowing their rights and entitlement as individuals. This session is aimed at men, ...

  • Domestic abuse and the impact of historical trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences
    8 June 2021

    It’s widely acknowledged that events in childhood make up a significant part of who we are; from being the launchpad to future success, to developing healthy or unhealthy coping strategies. This event, hosted by the Thames Valley Partnership and offered on behalf of the Thames Valley Domestic Abuse Steering Group, will look at how childhood experiences, ...

  • The Woodward Charitable Trust – families and young people – next deadline 30 July 2021
    7 June 2021

    The Woodward Charitable Trust particularly looks to fund projects that help families and young people and that are aiming to improve the life chances of the beneficiaries. They like projects that promote community cohesion and the development of skills that will change the outlook and outcomes for the users. Organisations that promote volunteering and involve ...

  • The Weavers’ Company Benevolent Fund: Grants for disadvantaged young people – next deadline 19 November 2021
    7 June 2021

    The Weavers’ Company Benevolent Fund was set up in 1973. The Fund’s principal aim is to support people in trouble, particularly young offenders and ex-offenders, as well as other disadvantaged young people.  Preference is given to pump-priming new projects, especially those that are innovative and can serve as a model elsewhere. Projects which fulfil the funding ...

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